2013 has been a tremendous year for the Families Outreach grant program. We prayed that we would be able to help more couples this year in bringing home their children and this prayer has been answered many times over. We are anticipating at least a sixty percent increase of grants awarded over our 2012 total. We are overwhelmed by how great this growth is and how this program continues to grow.
Unfortunately we are approaching the limit of our grant budget for this year and will cease processing new grants for this year on September 6, 2013. read more
My heart broke a little when I first met Peter. His hands were twisted and he had to use a lot of energy to be able to move his arms more than a couple of inches. Later, I saw that there was something wrong with his feet, but not as severe as his hands. Another name I have always loved is “Peter”. I always related to the big-mouth stubborn version of Peter, but I also admired him as I read through Acts and saw how bold he was for the Gospel during the time of the early church. This little boy chose Peter and I smiled as we marked him down as another student in the “Beginner class” where I was the assistant teacher.
Our trip was full of new experiences for pretty much everyone on the team. The Chinese are anxious to learn English because it will help them as they grow up and pursue education and eventually a career. It is common for people there to have their Chinese name and their English name. However, a lot of the children that were coming from the government orphanage had never received an English name. We were asked to give them a name. I didn’t consider what a great privilege this was at the time. All throughout the Bible, God names and renames His people for His purposes. I want to share with you about 3 boys that Cassie and I had the privilege of naming. read more
We recently had a staff meeting where we discussed what God has done this year and looked forward to what we are hoping for next year. He did some amazing things. We sent out our first mission team, received exponentially more grant applications, and learned a lot of valuable lessons. That being said, I am sad to admit that since that meeting I have spent far more time worrying than praising God.
Not that you have any reason to listen to my suggestions, but if you’d like to understand why Families Outreach exists, why I (or any other adoptive parent) is so passionate about advocating for adoption and families, read this post, then go and read or watch this. read more
Alex’s House is an orphanage in Haiti that Families Outreach supports. Recently we took a team of 15 to serve with this partnership. For one team member, the trip did not end after our scheduled week. This is the story of how Kevin’s extended stay blessed Bill Howard, the founder and director of Alex’s House. read more
“Being flexible is still too rigid. You must be fluid.” I don’t know if I was more
encouraged or worried when Bill Howard, the founder of Alex’s House, said these words
on our 2nd night in Haiti. Already, things had not gone as planned. Before we had
arrived, money for building supplies had been stolen and our main form of transportation
had broken down. Our team had come excited to work, but the first couple of days we
had more down time than we had expected. read more
If you pay any attention to Christian media, you are probably familiar with the name of Pat Robertson. If you pay close attention, you are most likely acquainted with his tendency of making __________ (choose your own adjective – rash, bizarre, false, unbiblical, etc..) statements. Well, he has struck again. On a recent episode of the 700 Club, Robertson offers support to a man who did not want to pursue marriage with a women who had adopted kids internationally.
As a father of five children (some of which were adopted), this, of course, made my blood pressure spike, and want to go on a big rant about Pat Robertson. Rather than rant though, I will urge you to check out Dr. Russell Moore’s excellent analysis on it here.
Kendall traveled to our partnership in Haiti last week. She served at Alex’s House with a team of college students from South Carolina working on the construction of a new orphanage compound in Kalico. read more
And things are in full bloom around Families Outreach. We have already had an eventful 2012 and have much more in store for the year. read more